Current Topics in Zoology and Evolution

The "Institutskolloquium" of the Zoological Institute

Fall Term 2017

The seminars take place every Monday during term time at 11:15 in the small lecture hall of the Zoological Institute (kleiner Hörsaal, Vesalgasse 1, 1st floor). Guests are welcome.

Week Date Speaker, Affiliation Title Host
1 18.9. Arkhat Abzhanov, Imperial College, London Evolution of the animal face: from principles to mechanisms P. Tschopp
2 25.9.
3 2.10 Sebastian Wielgoss, ETH Zurich The tempo and mode of genome evolution in experimental and natural bacterial populations Dieter Ebert
4 9.10. Benjamin Towbin, FMI Basel Optimal environmental control of organismal growth Patrick Tschopp
5 16.10. Bastien Boussau, LBBE, University of Lyon Modelling lateral gene transfer to reconstruct genome evolution and date species trees Jeremias Brand, Lukas Schärer
6 23.10. Alexandre Roulin; Uni Lausanne The barn owl: A hawk that metamorphoses into a dove D. Berner
7 30.10. Res Altwegg, University of Cape Town Modeling the dynamics of shifting bird distributions D. Berner
8 6.11. Tobias Lenz, MPI Evolutionary Biology Immune gene evolution and local immunogenetic adaptation in vertebrates Dieter Ebert
9 13.11. Werner Stahel, ETH Zürich Reproducibility: Measuring success of replication studies Valentin Amrhein
10 20.11. Julian Marewski, Université de Lausanne Decision making in humans and chimpanzees Valentin Amrhein
11 27.11. Paco Garcia-Gonzalez, Doñana Biological Station Some aspects of the evolutionary ecology of sexual interactions: polyandry, sexual selection, sexual conflict and transgenerational effects L. Schärer
12 4.12. Alex Jordan, Max Planck Institute for Ornithology In the age of computational ethology, the Naturalist is dead. Long live the Naturalist! Walter Salzburger
13 11.12. Yvonne Willi, Uni Basel Population genomic analyses across a species range highlight the relevance of genetic drift for ecology L. Schärer
14 18.12. Arpat Ozgul, University of Zürich Coupled dynamics of populations and phenotypic traits in changing environments D. Berner

Credit points

To obtain credit points for participation in this seminar, it is necessary to attend the seminar regularly (sign the list after the seminar) and to write an essay about one of the seminars. Any seminar (except the last two in the term) can be chosen. The essay should be about 3 pages long und should be written in the style of a report/summary of the presentation. It should also include a summary of the main points of the discussion. We prefer essays in English. The essay should be handed in (as a file and in printed form) to the host of the seminar speaker (as listed on the webpage), who will go over it and return it to you with comments. The host of this particular seminar will then send an email to the person responsible for the credit points of the seminar, informing him whether the essay was acceptable or not. An unacceptable essay can be repeated on another occasion.

It is possible to obtain credit points for the Institutskolloqium more than once. To do so, a "Studienvertrag" has to be produced, which needs to be signed by Dieter Ebert at the beginning of the term.

Current Term's Seminars